Dystopian Novels for Younger Readers

My ten-year-old daughter has been asking me to let her read The Hunger Games. The answer is, “Not yet,” mostly due to the novel’s child-on-child violence. But there’s another factor: Even if she read the book and the violence didn’t bother her, she still wouldn’t understand why kids are killing kids because she hasn’t yet […]

All Booked Up: The Civil War in Kansas

In this edition of All Booked Up, Diana gives you a sneak peek of an upcoming author talk with Debra Goodrich Bisel. The ladies talk about what surprised Bisel as she wrote The Civil War in Kansas. Non-historians and non-scholars will find Bisel’s book quite accessible. We hope to see you at her talk March 10.

Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn

Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn Nora and her friends are excited for school to be over and are ready to have a fun, carefree summer in June 1956. They love dancing to Elvis, watching James Dean movies, and dreaming of the cute boys at their high school. Everything seems safe and normal […]

Graphic Novels for Both Genders

In David J’s Place we have many non-superhero graphic novels for your enjoyment. I know you already know that, but it’s good to be reminded every now and then. For the most part, these graphic novels tell stories of love, loss and hope that are common to other media like movies and traditional novels. Yet […]